Australian Conservatives

AC will support the ABCC ASAP

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) improved productivity on Australian construction sites between 2005 and 2012.  It drove down the costs to both taxpayers and business alike to build the infrastructure needed to provide jobs and services to the Australian people.  

The Coalition have been right to try and restore the ABCC.  Regrettably, even after taking that policy to the 2013 election, they needed a double-dissolution election in 2016 to get a Senate that would back the ABCC.  

Even after the Coalition won the election, some of the Senate crossbench abandoned principle for politics.

There is a better way.

With a strong Australian Conservatives presence on the Senate crossbench, our nation will not be forced to accept an unaccountable and virtually lawless construction sector.

We, Australian Conservatives, will without hesitation support restoring the construction watchdog, the ABCC.

Have your Say


commented 2017-02-15 21:44:02 +1030
Yes but why stop with the CFMEU. There are other unions which cost the economy as much if not more. I would start with the AMA which stymied the Medicare co-payment and now has a virtual veto over any changes in the health portfolio. Or we could look at the cosy arrangements with public sector teaching unions which have seen education costs rise by 75% over the past ten years, more than twice the rate of inflation, yet education outcomes have fallen. Or we could have a look at the political leverage of the renewable energy sector and the economic effects that are now starting to show.

If you grant undue influence to any institution in society, this will inevitably lead to economic distortions. The rent seekers will gain but the overall welfare of society will fall. It is all too easy for politicians to pander to the chattering classes at a cost to the silent majority, but it is this very accommodation of the influence peddlers which has led to the loss of confidence in the political system we are seeing in liberal democracies across the world.

If the Australian Conservatives are to provide a better way then it must be the reversal of this steady descent into the corporatist state which has been underway for many years. That means attacking the corrupting influence of rent seekers amongst parliamentarians, the public service and lobbyists.
commented 2017-02-15 19:23:59 +1030
There was once a time when Unions had an important role in society. But, their battles are won. Just look at the OH&S guidelines now. Employees have never been safer, or more protected.
Unions now exist to skim cash off workers and industries, feathering their own nests and funding Left Wing political parties and organisations.
They appear to be a law unto themselves, doing whatever they please and whining about harassment when questioned. The Labor Party is full of ex union officials and the party is beholden to their money and power.
Union money funds many of the Left Wing craziness that passes for policy in their warped world.
Whatever we can do to curb Union power in any industry will benefit not only individual Australians but also greater Australia.
That is why I am wholly behind the ABCC, and any other policy of any type that works on the degradation of Unions.
commented 2017-02-15 16:01:01 +1030
I support any policy that limits the power and influence of Unions. Unions are exclusively Left Wing and provide significant funding and backing to Labor and the Greens. Enough said.
published this page in News 2017-02-15 09:15:42 +1030